The Unchosen Ones (images paired left)

The Unchosen Ones takes place on the sidelines of county fair animal contests in Minnesota in 2016. These county fairs lead up to the Minnesota State Fair, one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world.

One isn’t born a winner or loser, but a chooser. This theme I explore in this series.

As we look at them, they look back, allowing us to think about how we choose winners and the repercussions for the ones not chosen.

The project consists of over 60 portraits made at 10 Minnesota county fairs in 2016. The photographs showcase the subject facing the camera, allowing the viewer to decide what connects and distinguishes these subjects.

With a vantage point straight onto the figures, the direct stance portrayed develops a typology, showcasing individual styles and characteristics. With a serial and systematic approach, the human condition is exposed in real-time.

Out to Pasture (images paired right)

Out to Pasture serves as a secondary, deeper glimpse of The Unchosen Ones, offering insight into the cultural landscape these animals call "home." This work explores how we see animals in a place, how we shape that place, and how it shapes us. The pastoral environment not only serves as backdrop for better understanding the cultural and physical landscape which have shaped this species, but human behavior is often mirrored in response.


 Louis and Dumb, Freeborn County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Louis and Dumb, Freeborn County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota 2016

Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota 2016

 Rylee and Nelly, Clay County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Rylee and Nelly, Clay County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Bethany and Roxy, Washington County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Bethany and Roxy, Washington County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Mable and Stella, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Mable and Stella, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Audrey and Stella, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Audrey and Stella, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Marcus and Sheep, Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Marcus and Sheep, Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Anders and Brandon, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Anders and Brandon, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Gigi and Reba, Freeborn County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Gigi and Reba, Freeborn County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Dustin and Mack, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Dustin and Mack, Carver County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Josilin and Escapé, Benton County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Josilin and Escapé, Benton County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Tracey and Tracey's Crowdpleaser, Benton County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Tracey and Tracey's Crowdpleaser, Benton County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Kennedy and Palamino, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Kennedy and Palamino, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

 Natalie and Sheep, Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2016

Natalie and Sheep, Mahnomen County Fair, Minnesota, 2016